Mission: The mission of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local members, is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children so that they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
Target demographics: Foster Care Children in Douglas County, Nebraska
Geographic areas served: Douglas County Nebraska
Programs: Casa for douglas county, as a member of both the national and nebraska casa associations, advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children in douglas county juvenile court and foster care proceedings through the use of trained, court appointed, citizen volunteers. These volunteers provide a "voice" for the children while ensuring that they are safe, that their needs are being met, and that efforts are made to expedite permanent homes for these children. It is casa's court appointment and "one-on-one" approach that makes our organization different from any other child advocacy group. Each casa volunteer monitors one child or sibling group at a time and remains for the life of the case, until a permanent and "forever" home is found for each child. At times, casa volunteers are the only consistent adult presence in a foster child's world of revolving case workers, attorneys, foster parents, schools, and providers in the child welfare maze. Casas are that one professional in a child's life who is not getting paid to be there!
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This summer I was on an Intern team that got to work with CASA on a campaign that will run throughout Omaha. CASA is a great organization to work with. I was not sure what they did until we took on the project, but now after meeting the people and hearing the stories this organization does some amazing things. It was a privilege to work with CASA and to help their cause.